Barzani: Terrorists Are Enemies of the World
Kurdistan Region President Masoud Barzani met with United States Deputy Secretary of State Anthony Blinken to discuss the ongoing efforts to defeat ISIS, along with security and political developments in Iraq and in Syria.
Mr. Blinken praised the military successes of the Peshmerga forces against ISIS terrorists in recent months, especially the recapture of the town of Sinjar last week. He stated that the United States government would continue to support the Peshmerga forces.
President Barzani said that without air support from the U.S. and other coalition partners, the liberation of Sinjar would not have been possible. He reiterated his thanks to the U.S. and other coalition countries. The President added that the liberation of Sinjar demonstrated that with close cooperation and coordination, ISIS can be defeated.
The President and the U.S. Deputy Secretary of State also underlined the urgent need to help rebuild Sinjar following its liberation.
French Foreign Minister Thanks Barzani
In response to a telegram of condolence President Barzani sent to the people of France regarding the terrorist attacks in Paris recently, French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius thanked Barzani.
"On behalf of the French people and on my own behalf, I thank you for the good feelings and condolences. France is living today in the case of melancholy, but France remains steadfast and will continue standing against terrorism on its soil and in every corner of the globe," said Fabius.
"We need a lot of joint action and coordination to stand against this problem and the scourge of terrorism that threatens us all. We are sure that we will be able to rely on you and your participation in achieving this noble objective," he said.
President Barzani Meets Iraq's Defense Minister
President Masoud Barzani received an Iraqi ministry of Defense delegation headed by Mr. Khaled al-Obaidi, the Minister of Defense. The meeting was initiated by the Minister offering his congratulations on the Peshmerga forces' victory in the Sinjar operation last week, which resulted in the liberation of the town of Sinjar. The minister stated that the Sinjar operation was indeed a crucial turning point in the collective war against the terrorists of the Islamic State.
President Barzani and Minister al-Obaidi spoke of the current state of the ongoing and upcoming operations against the terrorists of the Islamic State. They stressed on the importance of solidifying the coordination between the Peshmerga forces and other parts of the Iraqi military system in order to further expedite the liberation of other Iraqi locales which are still in the hands of the terrorists.
Barzani Says Peshmerga Could Be Part of Raqqa Liberation
President Barzani said the Peshmerga could be part of a coalition to liberate Raqqa, the city in Syria that the Islamic State group (ISIS) considers its capital.
"As part of a powerful international coalition, it is also possible that the Peshmerga are part of the forces to liberate the city of Raqqa," Barzani told French weekly Journal du Dimanche.
In a televised interview, Le Drian declined to say when jets on board the carrier were going to strike ISIS-held territory. He emphasized that coalition forces should aim to retake Raqqa.
Barzani Reiterates His Support for Syrian Kurds
On Wednesday, Barzani received a delegation from the Foreign Relations Committee of the Kurdish National Council in Syria.
At the beginning of the meeting, the delegation congratulated President Barzani on the occasion of the victories achieved by the Peshmerga forces in the liberation of Sinjar process. They also expressed their appreciation for the sacrifices made by the Peshmerga forces in these battles against the terrorists, and offered their thanks to President Barzani for his role in supporting the Kurdish issue in western Kurdistan.
President Barzani reiterated his support for the people of West Kurdistan. The two sides also talked about the political situation in the region and the future of Syria and the ways to resolve the Syrian crisis.
Barzani Commemorates Danielle Mitterrand
President Barzani led tributes to Danielle Mitterrand at a ceremony held in Erbil, saying Kurds owe gratitude to the wife of the former late French president, Francois Mitterrand.
The Kurdistan president noted that relations between Kurdistan and France are “historical” and Kurds look to the French as “friends and supporters” while renewing his condolences for the victims’ families for the recent terrorist attacks in Paris.
He added, “Terrorists are the enemies of the world and they will be defeated while we united against them.”